Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mexico - Guadalupe Linda Vista Little League from Guadalupe, Mexico Wins 2014 Mexico Region Championship, Advancing to the Little League Baseball® World Series

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – As Little League®celebrates its 75th Anniversary at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, the league representing the Mexico Region has won its way to compete in South Williamsport. In Monterey, Mexico, Guadalupe Linda Vista Little League from Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico, near Monterey, captured the banner as Mexico Region Champions with the 12-6 win, defeating Félix Arce Little League from Tijuana, Baja California, on Friday, July 11. This will be the 28th time a team from Mexico will compete in the Little League Baseball World Series. Since 2001, the Mexico Region has received an automatic bid to the World Series.

“There is perhaps no other country outside the United States that has more World Series history than the teams from Mexico,” said Patrick Wilson, Little League® Baseball and Softball Senior Vice President and International Tournament Director. “The Little League programs from Mexico are always great competitors who display wonderful sportsmanship on and off the field. We’re excited to welcome Guadalupe Linda Vista Little League to South Williamsport this August.”

This is Guadalupe Linda Vista Little League’s third appearance in the 68-year history of the Little League Baseball World Series. In 1997, the league won the Championship Banner, which was the last time a team from Mexico won the Little League Baseball World Series. Linda Vista competed the following year, in the 1998 World Series. Their state of Nuevo León also has a rich Little League Baseball World Series history. In 1957 and 1958, a team from Monterey, the capital city of Nuevo León, became the first league in the history of the Little League Baseball World Series to win back-to-back championships, and the first non-U.S. team to win a championship banner. Angel Macias, who pitched with both his left and right hands, threw a perfect game to win the 1957 Little League Baseball World Series. His teammate, Jose Maiz Garcia, a Little League volunteer and Little League Hall of Excellence Enshrinee, served as the tournament organizer of the 2014 Little League Baseball Mexico Region Tournament.

At this year’s region tournament, the team from Guadalupe went 8-0, scoring 78 runs while only allowing 26. They averaged nearly 10 runs per game during their Region Championship run. Learn more about the Mexico Region Tournament.

The Mexico Region Champions will face the Canada Region Champions on Friday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. at Volunteer Stadium, airing on ESPN. The Canada Region Championship game is scheduled for Sunday, August 10All games at the Little League Baseball World Series will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, the Watch ESPN app or ABC.

The 68th Little League Baseball World Series begins on Thursday, Aug. 14in South Williamsport, Pa., with the Championship Game scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, airing on ABC. The World Series will culminate the year-long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Little League. For more information on the Series and to follow the action live, visit llbws.org. To learn more about Little League’s Diamond Anniversary, visit LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com.